by NIKKI WILLIAMS
It is safe to say Masters athletes are truly in a league of their own.
With this unique and in-depth outlook on life, we are more apt to have an open mind when it comes to intense and challenging situations. Enter the CrossFit Open 2016!
Keeping an open mind when it comes to this year’s Open is important for a multitude of reasons. First, we must understand the individual reasons WHY we embarked on this journey in the first place. Pushing through does not necessarily mean “buck it up, buttercup” — but rather looking within ourselves and deciding why we are even considering the undertaking. Most Masters athletes (just look at the numbers competing compared to non-masters) are either mildly seasoned CrossFitters transitioning from the traditional realm into the veteran’s group or are brand new to the system altogether.
From one of those two strict vantage points, they either understand the Open and all of its glory, or they are looking simply to give it a go. The downfall for the latter group, however, is that most of them do not fully understand what it means to compete in the Open. They may have been mildly pressured to participate by their coaches, or they have a social need to be a part of the bigger picture.
For whatever reason launches them on this amazing journey of self-evaluation and benchmarking, it is important to remember the bodies of the Masters athletes are not the same as those of the young guns. They have more tweaks, pains and repetitive motion injuries than their predecessors and are still held to the same standards. For this reason, their successes are in their own class.